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“Next Network” Next Year

Passengers boarding the VTA 181 express bus to Fremont BART station in downtown San Jose.

Bus and light rail restructuring throughout Santa Clara County has been put off until 2018.  The Silicon Valley Transit Users just received official word from VTA that the BART extension to Milpitas and Berryessa in San Jose has been moved until June 2018 due to “system integration and testing.”

The VTA Board of Directors received word of the BART extension delay from staff at the August 3 Board of Directors’ meeting in San Jose.  This means that the VTA “Next Network” transit restructuring has been moved until at least 2018.

More on this story follows…

Big Time Transit To Big Time Events

Sharks fans on VTA light rail. Photo courtesy @execlaw on Twitter

Sharks fans on VTA light rail. Photo courtesy @execlaw on Twitter

This weekend in the Bay Area has championship events that are being seen worldwide. From Stanley Cup Finals games 3 and 4 in San Jose, to the NBA Finals in Oakland on Sunday, to the Copa America Centenario games in Santa Clara, the world is watching the Bay Area sports scene.

This post details the bus and rail options available for these big time sporting events.

Super Bowl 50 (Transit Hell) Week

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Both Super Bowl 50 teams have landed and are in their hotels. This is the start “Super Bowl Week” where Sunday’s game will be hyped up. All this week, many football celebration events in San Francisco and San Jose will take place. These are detailed in the Super Bowl 50 transit guide just finished.

Monday’s Super Bowl 50 activities culminate with Super Bowl Opening Night at SAP Center in San Jose. The transit guide to SAP Center details all train and bus alternatives to driving and parking hassles.

Even with extra trains added, expect standing room only (SRO) conditions on BART, Caltrain, and especially VTA light rail as fans shuttle between events in San Jose and San Francisco. If you frequently use these transit agencies, allow extra travel time this week. If possible, leave early so that you avoid these crowds.

Also, expect standing-room only conditions on VTA bus lines serving downtown San Jose like the 522 Rapid, 323 limited stop, 22 and 64.

Keep up with the transit alerts in the San Jose area by following @svtransitupdts on Twitter.

More info later this week…

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Rubbing Salt In The Five Wounds Area

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After at least ten years of planning with some local residents in East San Jose, staff from the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) appeared to have turned the other cheek. It was learned on October 6 that VTA staff have proposed to stop pursuit for funding for a BART stop in the Five Wounds church area (photograph above) in East San Jose as well as a stop in Santa Clara near the Caltrain station there.

The proposal sparked outrage from East San Jose residents and local politicians. Because the community SPOKE UP against on the proposal, VTA has heard residents there and held off on further implementing their proposal. To that end, VTA will have three (3) public meetings in December to further discuss the proposed station cuts, as well as the future of the BART project. Meeting dates, times, and how to get there by bus are below:

  • Monday, December 1, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, VTA’s 22, 23, 77, and 522 Rapid bus lines serve the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the VTA Customer Service Center, 55 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, VTA’s 22, 63, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, and 522 Rapid bus lines stop near the Center. The Customer Service Center is also a 3 minute walk from the Santa Clara light rail station.
  • Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Santa Clara University, Locatelli Hall – Building 710
    500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. VTA’s 22, 60, 81 and 522 Rapid bus lines serve the area.

If you care about having future BART stops in East San Jose or Santa Clara, come to either or all of these PUBLIC meetings.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Preview-Last VTA Board Meeting Of 2011

December 8 (Thursday) at 8:30am the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will have its last Board of Directors meeting for 2011. Here’s a roster of who sat on the VTA Board of Directors in 2011.

The meeting will be held at the County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center at 70 West Hedding Street in San Jose. The Government Center is 1 block north of Civic Center light rail station. Also, VTA’s 61, 62, 66, and 181 express bus lines stop nearby at the Civic Center light rail station on N. First Street. Also, there’s a VTA bus stop for the 61 or the 62 bus line service to Sierra & Piedmont in eastern San Jose, only 50 yards from the Government Center’s main front entrance.

More on the last VTA Board Meeting of 2011 after the jump…